Friday AM Ethics Discussion - The ethics of boycotts

In reaction to the recent Hobby Lobby decision by the Supreme Court, activists have called for boycotting the company because of their stand related to Obamacare paying for birth control.

Bill Moyers, on July 4, wrote: "Boycott restaurants that won’t pay minimum wages to their staffs the way the black citizens of Montgomery boycotted their segregated buses and won."

Is it ethical to boycott? Is it unethical to continue to do business with a company whose policies you find unethical?


You are invited to join this group.  Invite others! Bring your unique point of view to the group and add to the discussion. We gather in a back room of the restaurant and usually most of us order some food which is nice but not necessary.



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  • Paula

    We'll miss you Shirley, but we understand you are not boycotting us, just busy. Enjoy your travels.

    July 28, 2014

  • Shirley K.

    sorry, can't make it this coming friday nor the september one - will be in sicily for the latter. so hope to see y'all in october then…have a great summer, what's left of it ;-)

    July 28, 2014

  • Benjamin W.

    Go Girl!!!

    July 11, 2014

  • OceanBreeze

    I cannot make it on that day. This is one of my favorite topics because I definitely do believe in boycotting, often just on my own even when no one else is calling for one.

    For myself, not speaking for anyone else, I believe that mass boycotts serve as an equalizing force for the powerless and for the "little guy" who, without the concerted economic action, are crushed by those with socio-eco-political power and corporations. Because, unfortunately, we live in a profit-based society, an economic/profit threat to their business/corporation causes that bad guy to sit up and listen to varying degrees, whereas without it, he would have continued his dismissive conduct towards us and laughing in our face. Boycotts are a "power tool." :)

    1 · July 11, 2014

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